Exhibition room: II.3 Worship and art
Dimensions (cm): 67,5x 221,5x 75
The marble sarcophagus was found during excavations in the area around Hadrian's Library [in Athens]. On the main face it has relief decoration with a central cross flanked by two others inscribed in a circle. All the crosses are ornamented with plant motifs. Both the decoration and the plain carving link the sarcophagus with a series of Athenian sculptures − mainly lintels − of the 10th and 11th centuries. The example from Hadrian's Library is one of the few monolithic sarcophagi in the Byzantine world.